We are a group who seek to promote international friendship and understanding.

We meet together regularly for social events and fundraising and take part in exchange visits with similar groups from our twin cities and partner towns abroad.

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VISITS

CAIF members and a group from Vannes were hosted in Meschede, Germany. Our German hosts were, as always, generous and caring, particularly with those of us who are not so mobile. Our trips out were interesting and varied and our newer members enjoyed their first experience of being with CAIF. Thanks go to our French friends for letting us accompany them on their coach on the excursions out. The final barbecue saw 100 people sharing three languages and music in a convivial atmosphere.

Pat Trickett, at the request of the Historical Society of Rhode Island, and arranged by some of our old acquantainces from the Link, run by Norma Smith, visited Rhode Island USA. She stayed with John and Judy Loven. Following on from a visit to us last year, our hospitality was returned in abundance. Currently, the Link in R.I. is unsupported by the Council because of financial constraints. However, a letter from the Lord Mayor of Coventry UK (Cllr Gary Crookes) was given to the Head of the Council, Coventry R.I. An acknowledgement and a gift was sent to our Lord Mayor. Thus, the link between the two Coventrys remains.

PEACE MONTH

Held in November in St Mary's Guildhall, it featured our two choirs, a folk singer, an African drummer , a jazz group and Stage school singing and dancing. It was a success and thanks go to Pru Poretta for acting as compere, in her role as Lady Godiva. Also to Pat Trickett both for the organisation and for the choir's excellent performance.

Mary Goodwin, taking the late Hazel Lynn's place  as the CAIF representative on the Mayor's Peace Committee attended the Annual Peace Lecture.

VISITORS

The anicipated visit of the Youth Orchestra from our twin city of Volgograd took place in May. This had been co-ordinated by Carol Brown and was supported by Caif with a donation.. They were hosted by the CBSO Birmingham. Concerts in Coventry Cathedral and the CBSO Concert Hall in Birmingham were excellent. They were also given a civic reception. Later, in this year's Peace Month, there will be an exhibition in the Herbert Art Gallery, in recognition of our 40 year old link with Volgograd. We hope to invite some representatives from Volgograd.

Following on from a New Year concert at the Polish Church with their choir and ours,  the  link with the Polish Choir 'Sensa Nome', was further strengthened when their director, Joanna Kunda, a CAIF member, asked for support from CAIF when they were hosting a choir from Poland, 'Concerto Glacensis'.  Donations and support for the joint concert with the 'Nightingales' and another choir, was forthcoming. Three young men from the choir were hosted by Pat and Allan Trickett.

APPEALS

In June, CAIF members were asked by Pru Poretta to support to support our twin city of Belgrade after the devastating floods , which have left thousands homeless. Music, storytelling and fundraising took place in the Belgrade Theatre over three lunchtimes. Donations of essential items were collected and taken to the Serbian Embassy in London by Pru Poretta and her husband. 

FUTURE CHALLENGES

Increasing our membership, particularly with younger people.

Pursuing a possible link with Warsaw.